Moeller Wins Interstate Showdown To Remain Undefeated


Posted on 12/15/2016 at 9:44 a.m.

Elder, La Salle Post Non-Conference Hoop Victories Tuesday Night

It was a perfect 3-0 night on Tuesday for the Greater Catholic League South Division in basketball, highlighted by senior center Riley Voss scoring a team-high 14 points to lead three double-figure scorers to help Moeller hand Covington Catholic its first loss this season, 60-61, at Moeller in an interstate matchup between Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s top-ranked teams, respectively, according to The Enquirer’s coaches polls.

Elder and La Sale also posted non-conference wins Tuesday, while St. Xavier did not play.

Moeller (3-0), playing the first of three games in five days, jumped out to a 20-13 lead after one quarter, led ahead 33-25 at halftime, and extended the advantage to 42-32 entering the final period.  Voss was joined in double figures by junior Carlos Garcia, who added 11 points off the bench, and senior guard Keegan McDowell – who chipped in 10.  The Crusaders got five assists from junior guard Isaiah Payton and forced CovCath (6-1) into committing 19 turnovers.

CovCath also had three players in double digures – Cole VonHandorf with 13, C.J. Fredrick adding 12 and A.J. Mayer scoring 10.  Mayer led all players with a game-high 17 rebounds.  Moeller’s solid defense held CovCath (5-1), a good shooting team that came into the game averaging 88 points in its first five games, to just 16-of-41 from the field (39 percent) and allowed the Colonels to connect on just 5-of-15 three-point shots.

Elder (2-1) rebounded from Saturday’s loss to Cooper with a strong performance in a 57-41 road win against Purcell Marian.  Senior forward Dashawn Mosley scored 14 to lead the Panthers, also being joined in double figures by junior guard Zach Harp with 12 and junior guard Brett Marsh with 11.  The Panthers, who held a 25-20 lead at halftime, hit six three-pointers in the game – two by Harp.

La Salle, which opened its regular season by jumping out to a 28-9 first-quarter lead en route to a 76-35 win at Turpin last Saturday, used another big quarter and continued torrid shooting from senior guard C.J. Fleming to post a 70-37 victory over Northwest at La Salle.  The Lancers led 17-12 after one quarter before outscoring Northwest, 25-3, in the second period to take a 42-15 lead at halftime.  Fleming, who was a perfect 7-of-7 and scored 20 points against Turpin, added a game-high 22 on 8-of-10 shooting.

The Lancers (2-0) also got 13 points from senior guard Tre Crigler, who scored in double figures for the second start games.  La Salle connected on 54.9 percent (28-of-51) of its field goals, while also outrebounding the Knights, 29-19.